This is really good stuff from "Savage Love" writer Dan Savage, someone I've read since his column was carried in the Onion and now the Isthmus.
Savage went on Bill Maher last night, and said that Democrats need to fight dirty and be as blunt as Republicans. Instead, they somehow think that being nicer will be rewarded, and it doesn't, and it allows evil to flourish. While I disagree with his Coastal smuggishness about blowing off rural America entirely (easy for Savage to say on the West Coast), he is right in that Dems suck at messaging, and need to blast back fiercely against this thuggish GOP crew.
Savage's point about how Dems need to correctly call Medicare and Social Security EARNED BENEFITS is a big one, and how "gay marriage" got a lot more acceptable when it was rightfully called MARRIAGE EQUALITY. Likewise, need to stop calling it education "spending" and instead rightfully call them INVESTMENTS. And we need to stop shrugging at Republicans who suppress votes and call them CHEATERS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THEY CAN WIN ON THEIR IDEAS.
This isn't hard to do, but Dems need to recognize that the game has changed, and that campaign politics is not a civil debate club anymore. Come strong, or don't come at all.